COA to hear Wake School Board lawsuit Thursday

Exploring violations of NC's Open Meetings Law:

The N.C. Court of Appeals on Thursday will hear arguments about the outcome of a lawsuit that accuses the Wake County school board of violating the state's open meetings law during its efforts to eliminate the use of diversity in student assignments.

There's no doubt that Margiotta and his cohort attempted to skirt the law to keep "animals" out of these meetings, but there is doubt the COA will be able to see through Kieran Shanahan's smokescreen clearly enough to make the proper finding.

Dear Bev: Do you stand by the North Carolina Constitution or not?

There are rumors, Madame Governor, that you don't think vetoing the latest assault on North Carolina's constitutional integrity is worth the trouble. Republicans are seeking to pass legislation that directly and unarguably conflicts with Article 1, Section 5 of the North Carolina Constitution. And you're going to freakin' ignore it?

Sec. 5. Allegiance to the United States.

Every citizen of this State owes paramount allegiance to the Constitution and government of the United States, and no law or ordinance of the State in contravention or subversion thereof can have any binding force.

I'm no lawyer, but this would seem to make moot any action being considered by the General Assembly that attempts to undermine Congress' Affordable Care Act. As the Chief Executive of our state, you have a moral and legal obligation to veto this piece-of-crap legislation.

The smell of Republican hypocrisy in the morning

Hat tip to Policy Watch, from this editorial:

The GOP leadership will not commit to opening these fact-finding caucus meetings, even after widespread criticism of the meeting with lobbyists about video gambling. Majority Leader Paul Stam said members will have the discretion to open such meetings. In other words, if they want to know something they don’t want the people to know, they’ll slam the door.

Let's make the deficit as personal for Congress and the Feds as it is for us...

Tea-baggers, Republicans, and Blue-Dog Democrats in Congress use their convoluted “values” and the deficit as excuses to slash and burn social safety net programs ... witness Planned Parenthood. Social Security and Medicare appear to be next on the chopping bloc, never mind that “we the people” have actually paid for these “entitlements.” So, I suggest we actually test their resolve and commitment to reducing the deficit by demanding they implement a “Deficit Reduction Tax.” It goes something like this:

On proper use of the Veto

It's not surprising that preserving incentive money is a priority for the Governor:

All indications remain that Gov. Bev Perdue will pull out the "veto" stamp this week and thunk it down on a bill, now on her desk, aimed at sweeping money from a range of accounts while also giving Perdue authority to make $400 million in cuts at state agencies.

Setting aside for a moment the wisdom of preserving incentives while eroding the infrastructure that businesses also depend on, Governor Perdue needs to understand that money isn't the only thing worthy of a Veto. Much of the legislation being written by the GOP are a direct assault on her powers as Executive, and are even more worthy of a Veto than this money shuffle.

A very short blog post

I have privately purchased insurance, costing me about $170 a month. I got a check-up in December. It will cost me $785 out of pocket. Worse, because the check up was in December, the $785 won't even count towards my deductible, because the deductible resets on Jan 1. I am healthy and single, make about 40k a year, and affording medical care is a challenge for me.

The future of advocacy in the Old North State

In the spirit of "what's good for the good is good for the gander," I applaud the take-no-prisoners strategy being advocated by Mark Dorosin at the the UNC School of Law.

"The only way someone can be held accountable for breaking the law is to be declared to have broken the law," said Mark Dorosin, a senior attorney for the UNC School of Law's Center for Civil Rights, who will argue the case Thursday for the group who filed the lawsuit. "Having the court recognize that will be important to citizens under the open meetings law."

Blogging blues?

The New York Times today reports that blogs are rapidly going the way of typewriters, falling from favor among Internet natives. Our own experience at BlueNC doesn't reflect the heralded decline in traffic, though I do have the sense that the number of comments has dropped somewhat over the past five years. On average, we have been holding steady at approximately about 4000 unique visitors each week. Is that worth all the effort that goes into this site? You tell me.


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